News and notes from the Communication program @ Fairfield


Careers in Communication

The career night was a great success with a huge turnout. Panelists included five communication alumni: Michael Barrett, Class of 2007, Senior Publicist, Corporate Communications, Scholastic; Kate Dillon, Class of 2008,  Associate Vice President, Prosek Partners; Shannon Keith, Class of 2009, Strategic Account Manager, AOL/Huffington Post; Christine Papazicos, Class of 2009,  Human Resources Manager, Water Cooler Group; and Dan Stanczyk, Class of 2008,  Associate Producer, ESPN Radio. They shared their stories of their own career paths and offered words of wisdom to communication majors on how to find their dream jobs. The event was moderated by Dr. Colleen Arendt. Special thanks go to Dr. Sallyanne Ryan and Sue Quinlivan for organizing the event!



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Congratulations, Dr. Nuru

Dr. Audra Nuru’s article entitled “Between layers: Understanding the communicative negotiation of conflicting identities by transgender individuals” has received the 2014 Outstanding Manuscript Award in Communication Studies. The award will be presented at the annual Central States Communication Association Conference in April. Congratulations, Dr. Nuru!

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“Stag’s Day” at Prosek PR

At an inaugural “Stag’s Day” at Prosek PR in downtown Fairfield, nine majors from the Department of Communication took part in a professional development workshop. Alumna Kate Dillon, associate vice president at Prosek Partners, pictured here in bright pink, helped host the group in coordination with Dr. Colleen Arendt, who runs the department’s internship program every spring. As ever, Fairfield students earned rave reviews as interns and hires at Prosek and the morning was a terrific success!


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Dr. Zhang elected as new Department Chair

When Comm Majors return to campus this January after the Winter Break, they will find some changes on the second floor of DMH. Dr. Qin Zhang, a very popular professor in the department will be the new departmental chair effective January 1st.  She replaces Dr. Gudelunas in DMH 227 who is headed over to the Dean’s office in CNS 100 as a new Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Please email Dr. Zhang for any departmental concerns.  Dr. Gudelunas may not be on the second floor of DMH anymore, but he will still be teaching courses in the department.  This Spring, for the first time, he is offering a section of Communication Capstone!

Speaking of Capstone professors, Dr. Maggie Wills is on sabbatical for the Spring semester.  She will be back in the Fall after she takes a much deserved break from teaching to focus on her exciting research agenda.

If either Dr. Wills or Dr. Gudelunas is your assigned academic advisor, feel free to see any other Communication faculty member who can help you with normal advising and mentoring issues.

Good luck this semester!

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Two Former Comm Majors make a Big Splash with a Social Media Start up

Carly Beyar and Shannon Fay, both Communication majors who graduated in 2014, along with Alanna Locast are getting some great attention as founders of a social media start-up that has exploded.  It is a great story about putting those ideas and skills we learn about in Communication classes to work.  Read more herenews@_soccergirls!

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Dr. Zhang is elected new Chair of Communication as Dr. Gudelunas heads to Dean’s Office


Communication majors are already very familiar with Dr. Zhang, and when back on campus in the Spring they will be re-introduced to Chair Zhang! Dr. Zhang was elected as new chair of the Department of Communication to replace Dr. Gudelunas who will be joining the College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s office as a new Associate Dean. You can find Dr. Zhang in DMH 227 and Dr. Gudelunas in CNS 100. Their extensions (and email, obvi!), remain the same.

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